People of the Book – part 11

So far what I have done is to prove only one point out of the whole prophecy- that is proving the phrase ‘like unto thee – ‘Like You’ – ‘Like Moses’. The Prophecy is much more than this single phrase which reads as follows : “I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee…….” The emphasis is on the words- “From among their brethren.”
Moses and his people, the Jews, are here addressed as a racial entity, and as such their ‘brethren’ would undoubtedly be the Arabs. You see, the Holy Bible speaks of Abraham as the “Friend of God”. Abraham had two wives – Sarah and Hagar. Hagar bore Abraham a son – his first born- ‘……And Abraham called HIS SON’S name, which Hagar bare Ishmael.’ (Genesis 16:15). ‘And Abraham took Ishmael his son……” (Genesis 17:23). ‘And Ishmael HIS SON was thirteen years old, when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin.'(Genesis 17:25). Up to the age of THIRTEEN Ishmael was the ONLY son and seed of Abraham, when the covenant was ratified between God and Abraham. God grants Abraham another son through Sarah, named Isaac, who was very much the junior to his brother Ishmael.

If Ishmael and Isaac are the sons of the same father Abraham, then they are brothers. And so the children of the one are the BRETHREN of the children of the other. The children of Isaac are the Jews and the Children of Ishmael are the Arabs – so they are BRETHREN to one another. The Bible affirms, ‘and he (ISHMAEL) shall dwell in the presence of all his bretheren’ (Genesis 16:12). ‘and he (ISHMAEL) died in the presence of his bretheren (Genesis 25:18). The children of Isaac are the brethren of the Ishmaelites. In like manner Muhummed is from among the brethren of the Israelites because he was a descendant of Ishmael the son of Abraham. This exactly as the prophecy has it- ‘FROM AMONG THEIR BRETHREN’.(Deut.18:18). There the prophecy distinctly mentions that the coming prophet who would be like Moses, must arise NOT from the ‘children of Israel’ or from ‘among themselves’, but from among their brethren. Muhammed therefore was from among their bretheren!

The prophecy proceeds further: “…….and I will putmy words into his mouth…….’ What does it mean when it is said ‘I will put my words in your mouth’? You see, if I asked you to open Deuteronomy chapter 18, verse 18, at the beginning, and if I had asked you to read, and if you had read: would I be putting my words into your mouth?
But If I were to teach you a language like Arabic about which you have no knowledge, and if I asked you to read or repeat after me what I utter would I not be putting these unheard words of a foreign tongue which you utter, into your mouth? In an identical manner, the words of the Qurân, were revealed by the Almighty God to Muhummed.

What about…. #16

My faith doesn’t prevent me from being what I want to be

For those who are not yet aware of my religion, I’m a muslim.
Unfortunately Islam is stigmatized by some for being a religion of war, anti feminism,  dressing everyone in black,  or even of hate. Which is totally absurd. Those clichés were invented by people who have little knowledge about the Islamic faith.

To tell you the truth, some muslims have bestowed these clichés upon themselves; traditions, misunderstanding, hate and dictatorship have turned some believers into rebels who wish to enhance their belief into something that never existed before.

Let me explain: Me for instance, I’ve never worn a headscarf, I’ve never been dressed in black, I wear short skirts and bright colors, I wear make-up everyday; even on Sundays and that doesn’t prevent me from being a muslim. Does it? Of course not. The Quran isn’t a Cosmopolitan magazine suggesting what to wear and how to use make-up. It teaches us how to behave, to learn, to seek knowledge, to help those in need, to respect everyone; whatsoever its religion, to do the best of ourselves for our sake and those around us, to explore, to invent, to teach, to make peace, to respect the woman and to give her her rights, to respect the orphans and to help them till their adulthood, to stop saying bad things, to give charity; whatsoever its faith…. I can’t make a list of all the good that the Quran teaches us. So all of the mischiefs and crimes committed in the name of a religion, were all made by human beings who wanted to support their actions by introducing God as their mentor. How diabolic this is? 

Here follows a few pictures found online about how muslim women or men dress in different cultures.

Look at the way the headscarf is worn, most of the Turkish women wear them like this.

In Malaysia women wear short sleeves while it is forbidden in other countries.

In Morocco you can see this kind

And that kind.

Now you might have seen this in your country

While famous people are not less muslim.

The way you dress has nothing to do with your faith, you could wear a monk’s robe and be a thief. Your actions, your inner belief makes of you, who you are; a person, a human being belonging to a certain religion which only God can judge. Some Christians or Deists are more Muslims than some born such as. The early Christians didn’t have the same belief as the people do now, they were closer to Jesus’ teaching back then, so they were more monotheist.

So Islam doesn’t stop anybody from being what he/she wants to be. The believer is free to do whatever she/he wants as long as it’s not evil. 

What about … #10

Some people believe that Resurrection is the rising of the spirit after death and some believe the body as well, because the Bible says:

John 5:28-29

Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment

Acts 24:15 

Having a hope in God, which these men themselves accept, that there will be a resurrection of both the just and the unjust

Luke 14:14 

And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”

John 14:19

Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live.

Mark 16:1-7 

When the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of James and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint him. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. And they were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?” And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled back—it was very large. And entering the tomb, they saw a young man sitting on the right side, dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed. …

1 Thessalonians 4:16 

For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first.

Daniel 12:2

And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt

1 Thessalonians 4:14

For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep.

John 6:40

For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day

While the Quran describe it as: (just a few verses)

God is He Who raised the heavens without any pillars that you can see, then He established Himself upon the Throne (of authority; having shaped the universe and made it dependent upon certain laws, He exercises His absolute authority over the whole of the universe), and subjected the sun and the moon (to His command); each runs (its course) for an appointed term. He regulates all affair, expounding the signs, that you may believe with certainty in the meeting with your Lord. (13:2)

Among His signs is that you see the earth dry and barren; and when We send down rain on it, it stirs to life and swells. Surely God Who gives the dead earth life will raise the dead also to life. Indeed, He has power over all things. (41:39)

O mankind! If you are in doubt concerning the Resurrection, (consider that) We created you of dust, then of semen, then of a fertilized ovum suspended on the wall of the womb, then of a lump of flesh shaped and unshaped, so that We demonstrate to you Our power. And We keep in the wombs what We please to an appointed term, and afterwards We bring you forth as infants, then We cause you to grow up, that you reach your prime. Among you some die (young) and some are sent back to the feeblest phase of age so that they know nothing after they had knowledge. You sometimes see the earth dry and barren. But when We pour down rain on it, it trembles, and swells, and grows of every pleasant pair. That is so because God is the Truth, and He it is Who gives life to the dead, and He is powerful over all things. (22:5-6)

Does man think that he will be left to himself uncontrolled (without purpose)? Was he not a drop of fluid which gushed forth? Then he became a clinging clot; then He shaped and fashioned, and made of him a pair, the male and female. Is He then not able to raise the dead to life? (75:36-40)

Look at the prints of God’s Mercy: how He gives life to the earth after its death. Lo! He verily is the Reviver of the dead (in the same way), and He is able to do all things. (30:50)

God has brought you forth from the earth like a plant. And to the earth He will restore you. Then He will bring you back fresh. (71:17-8)

Qaf 50: 41-44

41. And listen on the Day when the caller will call from a near place,

42.  The Day when they will hear As-Saihah (shout, etc.) in truth, that will be the Day of coming out (from the graves i.e. the Day of Resurrection).

43. Verily, We it is Who give life and cause death; and to Us is the final return,

44. On the Day when the earth shall be cleft, from off them, (they will come out) hastening forth. That will be a gathering, quite easy for Us

I’ve found this book (pdf) which is funny and gives more details on the subject:

Click to access resurrection_or_resuscitation.pdf

So for those who think that we’ll be ghost, I believe it’s better to think twice

What about #60

Being a muslim woman in the 21th century

We know that Islam is stigmatized by many people today, ignorance and fake news pushes them toward hatred. In some countries the way muslim women dress is a problem which turned out to be a political issue. In some countries the women wearing a hijab i.e veil, are refused entrance in some public place or schools. Even though the veil isn’t a law in Islam, it’s a choice, most women refuse to take it off. How could they take it off if the nuns still wear them? Let’s not forget that the veil was worn by Jews and the by Christians before being introduced in the muslim world.
To cut to the chase, what muslims are going through nowadays is what Catholics went through in the past century in the united states. They were persecuted , they were denied entrance in some places, they were beaten, they were pushed away from certain states which didn’t want them…. As protestants before them endured in Germany and France by the hands of Catholics, rivers of blood from both parties ended in the river La Seine, in Paris.
Some wild muslims believe that with violence they can obtain respect and peace, while some ferocious Christians believe that they can exterminate muslims from the face of the earth. Both are wrong. Hatred doesn’t get anywhere. But knowledge and good example does.

Speaking of which, as said in a previous post, the Quran isn’t a cosmopolitan magazine. It doesn’t teach us what to wear or how to fix our hairs. It is a book of knowledge and wisdom. The first word of the first sentence of the first chapter sent from God is “Read“. Yes, the word “Read“. To read is far more important than to drink or to sleep or to talk. To read means to get knowledge. Whatever the source is. To read is to know what other people learn, say, teach, work, how the sun has been created, how birds can fly, how Donald Trump became president, how dogs can smell your presence before you knock at the door, etc…. It is a valuable order that God asked us to do. Yet, in many muslim Asian and African countries women can’t read yet. What a shame! It’s not the religion’s fault, it’s the traditions. Women who are forced to marry someone who she’s never met; traditions. A woman who has to cover her whole face to go out; traditions. A woman who walks behind her husband; traditions….

I never wore a hijab, or dressed in an orthodox way. But I’m not a lesser believer.I’m a muslim woman and I know my rights as a Muslim, as a human being. As someone who has read the Old and New Testament, and I can assure you that the Quran has far more respect for women than the Bible does. Of course it’s not the Bible’s fault, as the Old testament and the Gospel came from God as much as the Quran has.
Let me give you this short tiny example, we all know the story of Joseph and his brothers don’t we?

Bible:
Genesis 37:9
And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me.
Genesis 37:10
And he told it to his father, and to his brethren: and his father rebuked him, and said unto him, What is this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth?
Genesis 37:11
And his brethren envied him; but his father observed the saying.

Quran:
Joseph 12:4
When joseph said to his father: “Oh father! Verily I saw (in a dream) eleven stars and a sun and a moon, I saw them prostrating themselves to me”
Joseph 12:5
He (his father) said “O my son! relate not your vision to your brothers, lest they should arrange a plot against you. Verily Satan is to man an open enemy!”
Joseph 12:6
“Thus will your Lord chose you and teach you the interpretation of dreams, and perfect His favor on you and on the offspring of Jacob, as He perfected it on your fathers Abraham and Isaac afortime! Verily your Lord is All Knowing, All Wise!”

Muslims believe that the Bible came from God but we believe as well that the human hand has its share in it too.
For those of you who think that the Quran is a weird book that has no interest in women and that should be avoided, I would like to say: Read it.
It is the only way for you to judge and to get an opinion worthy of listening.